The toddler years are some of the best years in any child’s life. These are the years when they become extremely active, imaginative, and curious about the world around them, and playtime is extra fun as well. That’s because a lot of developmental milestones happen during this stage, so while they’re having fun they’re also growing physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. The Best Toys for Toddlers for Christmas 2018 are some of the best toy options that serve these multiple purposes.
Puzzles are a great way to activate a child’s problem solving skills. They’re great gifts for toddlers because at this pre-kindergarten stage, they’re seriously starting to build on their cognitive skills and competitive spirit. As they hold the puzzle pieces and try to put them together, they learn a lot and have fun at the same time. Puzzles can also promote cooperative play because they seek ask help from family and friends to complete it.
With puzzles, the important thing is to make sure that you note the difficulty level. If you give a puzzle set that’s too challenging for their age, they might not appreciate it so much. On the other hand, if it’s too easy for their level, they might get bored with it quickly. It’s also good to pay attention to what the puzzle looks like visually.
Melissa & Doug Vehicles 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box
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Why settle for just 1 jigsaw puzzle when you can get 4 at the same time? This wooden, 4-puzzle set from Melissa & Doug comes in a convenient storage box that can also be used as a board for completing each puzzle. Each puzzle has 12 pieces so it’s easy enough for toddlers to assemble. Each one features a different kind of vehicle as well, so you get a steam engine, a race car, a fire engine, and a school bus. Once the puzzle is complete, it will measure 7” x 4 ½”, so it’s just the right size for toddlers to work with.
Melissa & Doug Dinosaurs 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box
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Another great gift option is this 4-in-1 wooden jigsaw puzzle set, which is still by Melissa & Doug and also comes in a box. This storage box is ideal because then parents wouldn’t have to think about the problem of where to put all the individual puzzle pieces. This is great for toddlers because the puzzle pieces (12 for each puzzle) are just the right size and the difficulty level is on point. Because these puzzles are dinosaur-themed, toddlers will definitely love this. In terms of developmental, this is ideal for developing hand-eye coordination and finem motor skills.
Melissa & Doug Underwater Ocean Floor Puzzle
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This 48-piece underwater ocean floor puzzle, still by Melissa & Doug, is another great option for toddlers. The pieces are made of extra-thick cardboard and are just the right size for toddlers’ little hands. When assembled, this one is sized 2 feet x 3 feet, so there’s a lot of puzzle art to marvel at after. Because it features a cool, sea-themed design, toddlers will have fun trying to complete the whole picture, which has a lot of underwater creatures painted in bright and vibrant colors. With a puzzle as big as this, toddlers will really learn patience, goal setting, problem solving, and of course logical thinking.
Toddlers love playing with toy vehicles, whether that’ s a car, a truck, a train, or a boat. These vehicles give endless possibilities for toddlers to use their imagination, and they’re always fun to move around – especially when they come with wheels! Toy vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, so you won’t run out of options in picking the most appropriate one.
With toy vehicles, you just have to make sure you pick something that’s age-appropriate. Try to avoid those with too many loose and tiny parts, because these are choking hazards for small children. Go for toy vehicles that are just the right size and made from safe and durable materials, so that they’ll last your toddler a long time.
VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck
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This dump truck is a cute vehicle for toddlers to have fun with, and it comes with three colorful ball-shaped ‘rocks’ that they can tumble into the bucket. Just like an actual dump truck, when the rocks are inside the bucket it will rumble and tumble inside as the toddler pushes or pulls the truck. Aside from that, with the help of 2 AAA batteries and 3 buttons, this truck can actually teach valuable lessons like colors, tools, and phrases, as well as play some cool melodies. So all in all this is a toy that they’ll have fun with but they’ll also learn a lot of fine motor skills in the process.
Paw Patrol Chase’s Spy Cruiser
Last update on 2018-12-04 at 11:53 (Details)
With this gift from Paw Patrol, you get a Spy Chase Cruiser Vehicle but also a Spy Chase Pup Figure to go with it. This cruiser is ready to go save the day at Adventure Bay and reenact some good rescue scenes. So aside from motor skills and hand-eye coordination, this toy promotes creativity and imagination as well, as kids to come up with scenarios and missions. The great thing about Paw Patrol is that each vehicle can add to other Spy Chase sets with many more characters. So if they already have these toys,this would make a great addition.
Fisher-Price Little People Songs & Sounds Camper
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At first this looks like a normal camper that can be wheeled along. But the coolest thing about it is that the kids can actually open it up to play with everything that’s inside. It mimics what an actual camper looks like inside, and it also gives you a convenient storage place for all the figures – bunk beds, fishing boat, picnic table and chairs, and even a campfire that actually glows! Aside from that, there are also six ways to activate sounds, phrases, and more than 50 sing-along songs, completing the camping experience.
For budding little artists, art easels are the perfect gift. Toddlers need an outlet for all the energy and creativity that they have, and having the right kind of tools will open that whole new world for them. An art easel is a gift that will definitely make a difference because it’s where they could pour all their bright ideas. Getting an art easel and including some paint and other art materials that they could use along will also make the gift even more complete.
In choosing an art easel for toddlers, you need to make sure that the easel is just the right height. This is because if you have an easel that’s too high, toddlers won’t be able to use it comfortably. It would be good to check what the easel is made of as well, and how stable it is for toddler use.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel
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With this standing art easel that includes a chalkboard, dry erase board, and locking paper-roll holder, toddlers are given multiple ways to be creative. Whether they want to draw, paint, or doodle on paper, this easel will help them do it. This also includes 2 plastic trays where they can place all the supplies and art materials, which can be bought separately. A cool thing about this easel is that it’s very easy to assemble and it’s made of sturdy wood. It can also be folded flat for convenient storage, which makes it a hit for the parents too!
EduKid Toys Tabletop Magnetic Easel & Whiteboard
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This 2-sided tabletop magnetic easel and whiteboard is another cool gift option for toddlers. It’s self-standing so you don’t have to deal with trying to make it stand, and it also folds flat so it’s quite portable and easy to store. When used with a dry erase marker (sold separately), toddlers can draw, write, and doodle on this all they want, and the magnetic feature adds an extra layer of fun because that means they can play with magnets as well. It’s also easy to wipe this clean – all you need is a damp cloth.
Step2 Easel For Two with Bonus Magnetic Letters/Numbers
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With a magnetic area of around 18” x 16” as well as a chalkboard of the same size, toddlers will have a lot of fun with this 2-sided easel for sure. It’s very easy to assemble, and it’s quite unique because it comes with everything needed to keep the fun going – from the 77 foam magnetic letters, signs, and numbers. There’s also a middle storage area that can easily be accessed from both sides and can hold all the art supplies, which would have to be bought separately. This one can also be folded flat pretty easily, so storage isn’t a problem.
When it comes to toddlers, developing motor skills and practicing coordination and balance are very important developmental milestones. It is at this age when they’re trying to find their footing and starting to explore the world around them by moving. It is precisely for these reasons that push toys make a great gift option at this age.
There are many types of push toys you can choose from. Toddlers learn to master the balancing act by playing with push, pull, or even ride-on toys, so any of these would be great. As long as the toy has a handle bar or requires the toddler to go through the motions of pushing or pulling, it’s perfect for this purpose. Some can even be as exciting as their very own grocery cart or car.
Step2 Push Around Buggy Toddler Push Car
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This ride-on toy is a lot of fun for toddlers, as they ride in the buggy and ‘drive’ around. There’s a steering wheel that’s perfectly sized for little hands, a seatbelt for safety, and there’s also a horn for extra fun. There’s even a space under the hood where stuff can be stored. This push car can go on gravel as well so it can be used for both indoor and outdoor fun. Thanks to the handle at the back, it’s easy enough to maneuver this for push or pull play. Some assembly is required but it’s no problem at all.
Fisher-Price Little People Music Parade Ride-On
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This ride-on toy by Fisher-Price is unique because of ability to play 5 various marching tunes. With 2 AA batteries, this has the ability to play the sound of the drums, the tuba, the trumpet, and the saxophone. Toddlers can also use the keyboard to come up with their own tunes. It’s also quite colorful as a vehicle, so toddlers will surely enjoy riding in it, or pushing or pulling as they please. The wheels are also smooth enough so you don’t have to worry about them scratching your floors, wherever your toddler may bring this.
Radio Flyer Little Red Toy Wagon
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This miniature wagon is a pretty cool push toy because toddlers can then put their stuffed animals or other things in there and then push or pull it along with them. The size is small enough for toddlers to use, but it looks like a real wagon with a nice red shade. It’s made of a seamless steel body and no-scratch edges, and the rolling wheels are quite durable so the quality is remarkable. The working handle is also just the perfect size for little hands, and the grip is solid enough as well.
With shape sorters, you can introduce the exciting world of shapes to toddlers. Watch their eyes light up as they try to make sense of these shapes and figure out which hole to drop them to. Sorting these shapes and matching them to their respective holes will be fun and challenging for toddlers, but the best part of it all is they get to develop a lot of skills while they’re at it. Problem solving skills as well as shape and color recognition are just some of them.
When you choose between different types of shape sorters, you won’t have a hard time because these are classic options for toddlers. Just make sure the shapes are sized perfectly for tiny hands, the material used is safe and durable, and that the toy will last the toddler quite a while.
GYBBER & MUMU Wooden Preschool Shape Puzzle
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This wooden shape sorter by Gybber & Mumu has 9 colorful wooden pieces in various shapes. Toddlers can then sort them and place them in their designated holes in the 7 x 7 board that it comes with. The great thing about this is that it’s made of solid wood and non-toxic, water-based paint that’s free from all the harmful solvents that you wouldn’t want near your toddler. The board is also thick enough and sturdy enough for toddlers to use, without being too heavy and cumbersome. It’s just right for little hands to enjoy.
Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks
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This shape sorter toy from Fisher-Price should be a staple in any toddler’s toy collection, because it’s really effective in teaching the lesson of shapes. There are 10 blocks in total, and the toddler can sort these into the 5 holes, each hole representing a different shape. All the blocks can be contained in the bucket so you don’t have to worry about storage, and this also means you can bring it along with you easily. The blocks are easy to grasp and just the right size for tiny hands as well, so this is definitely ideal for toddlers.
Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack and Baby’s 1st Blocks Bundle
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The great thing about this bundle from Fisher-Price is that you get not just a shape sorter but a stacking toy as well. With the shape sorter, you get a bucket with holes in various shapes, and this is where toddlers can drop the colorful shape blocks. If you add the Rock-a-Stack toy which encourages the toddler to stack rings from biggest to smallest, you get a pretty awesome gift set that targets so many motor skills – from dexterity to grasping and sorting. This can also be used to teach valuable lessons like the concepts of size, shapes, and colors.
Nothing comes quite close to the joy of having your very own toy kitchen to play with, so this is really one of the best gifts you can give. A play kitchen is great because it inspires hours and hours of pretend play. Depending on the number of features the play kitchen has, your toddler can spend time pretending they’re putting away the groceries they just bought, identifying the types of food, cooking up ways to prepare and serve this food, making coffee, washing dishes, and basically set their imaginations on fire.
The play kitchen is the perfect set-up for unleashing a child’s imagination, and there are no limits to what can be done. Parents can even participate in this pretend play and use this as a valuable setting where practical lessons can be taught.
Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen Playset
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This kitchen custom playset is one of the best gifts you can give to a toddler, because it has everything they would ever want in a kitchen. From the granite-looking counter tops and the ‘stainless steel’ look of the oven to the storage shelves and the decorative plate rack, this mimics an actual kitchen and toddlers would have the time of their lives using this for pretend play. It comes complete with a refrigerator, a microwave, a special frying pan (with frying sound) and a boiling pot (wherein you can also activate the sound of boiling water). You also get a 20-piece accessory set so this is as complete as can be.
KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds
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Made of wood and composite products, this play kitchen is another unique one because it’s a corner set. It’s ideal to be placed in corners and the look and feel is quite modern and stylish. All the doors (refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, freezer) open and close, and all the knobs (oven, taps) click and turn, so it’s quite realistic. The counter top comes in a speckled granite style, and the stovetop burners as well as the ice makers actually have lights and sounds to make the experience even more fun.
KidKraft Vintage Kitchen in Blue
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This play kitchen is another great option because it has a vintage or retro look to it. From the aquamarine or robin’s egg blue shade of the kitchen alone, this has retro vibes and this extends to the actual features of this playset. Featuring custom-designed artwork and a distinctly vintage feel, toddlers will really enjoy their time doing pretend play. The assembly instructions are also simple and straightforward, and once it’s set up, the sturdy construction gives you peace of mind. It should also be noted that the sink is completely removable to make cleaning easier.
When you give a toddler a set of building blocks, the fun is almost endless because there are so many things that could be done with it. Aside from piling these blocks on top of the other, they could create structures and forts and whatever else they can come up with in their imagination. Building blocks are among the most effective educational toys because it targets many cognitive and mental skills, and encourages them to cooperate with others as well.
In choosing the building block set that you will give, pay attention to the number of pieces because this will affect how many different combinations your toddler can come up with. Make sure the pieces or blocks aren’t too small either because then they’re a choking hazard.
Magnetic Blocks STEM Educational Toys Magnet Building Block Tiles Set
Last update on 2018-12-04 at 09:53 (Details)
With 24 pieces that are all completely magnetic, toddlers will have so much fun building all kinds of structures using these blocks. The 24 colorful pieces come in different shapes as well, so they can form different combinations. Perhaps the best feature of this building block set, aside from the fact that the pieces are magnetic, is the fact that they are made from 100% non-toxic ABS plastic. It’s also made from food grade material and the tiles have completely smooth edges. That means you don’t have to worry about them hurting the delicate hands of toddlers.
Edushape Educolor Building Blocks
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This set contains 30 foam blocks that are colorful, soft, and really safe to use. They’re just as fun to play with if you compare them to their plastic or wooden counterparts, but because they’re made of high quality dense foam, you don’t have to worry about sharp edges and splinters. If the structure that the toddler builds somehow falls over, the foam blocks just fall without a sound. This set is great if you want to build hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills, creativity, and even socialization because they can always play this with other children.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set
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This playset by Melissa & Doug takes building blocks to a whole new level because you get 100 pieces in total. These 100 pieces come in a variety of 9 shapes (cubes, semicircles, rectangular prisms, cylinders, arches, and two sizes each of triangles and rectangular planks) and 4 colors (blue, green, red, yellow), so the possibilities of the structures that toddlers can build are practically endless. What’s good about this is that the pieces are of good and durable quality. The variety of the pieces that toddlers are faced with also keeps their interest going, so they won’t get bored easily and they can play with this for hours and hours.
Playhouses set a toddler’s imagination on fire like no other toy can, because this gives them their very own space. In their playhouse, toddlers can be as creative as they want, pretend that they actually own the house and go through the motions of every day life. Watch the joy on their faces as they play with their play house and pretend to be grown-ups, taking care of the house, going to work, cooking, and whatever else they can think of.
When you pick a playhouse, pay attention to the durability of the material as well as how easy (or difficult) the assembly is. It would also be good to check whether it’s an indoor or outdoor playhouse, as well as how much space it needs and if you have that space to spare.
Step2 Neat and Tidy II Playhouse
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This open design playhouse makes sure that you see what’s happening inside and that the toddlers see what’s happening in the world around them as well. The dimensions are 46 ½“ x 51” x 35” and there is some adult assembly required, but once it’s all set up, kids can have unlimited fun with it. The playhouse looks realistic because the exterior actually resembles wood and stone. Inside, they have their very own fireplace, table, faucet, shelves, and other items that will make them feel at home. This one’s great for hours of imaginative play, and it’s big enough for them to bring in some friends for added fun.
My Very Own House Coloring Playhouse
Last update on 2018-12-04 at 08:15 (Details)
If you want a playhouse and an art project at the same time, get this one. This is perfect for toddlers who love coloring, because it gives them the idea that they’re decorating or designing their own playhouse. This little cottage, which measures 56” x 36” x 49”, is easy to assemble and folds up and down in one easy step. Made from eco-friendly and non-toxic cardboard, they can color the outside to their own preference – designing the windows, mail slot, and doors. This also includes 8 jumbo washable markers so once they receive it, they can start designing right away.
Playhut Beauty Boutique Play Tent
Last update on 2018-12-29 at 12:11 (Details)
If you want to give a playhouse but something lighter and requires little assembly, this play tent is a great option. It’s super lightweight and portable because it’s practically a tent that stands 3 feet tall, but the design makes it look like a house – with something that looks like a door, a window, a roof, and other features you would find in a house’s exterior. The patented Twist ‘N Fold Technology means you can bring it anywhere and set it up easily. It’s also very easy to store, and will surely bring loads of fun to toddlers.
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